Actors January Jones talks with former editor at large of  Vogue  Andre Leon Talley at last year’s Coveted Couture Gala. Andre Leon Talley is returning to Charlotte as the Honorary Chair of this year’s gala on April 27 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

Actors January Jones talks with former editor at large of Vogue Andre Leon Talley at last year’s Coveted Couture Gala. Andre Leon Talley is returning to Charlotte as the Honorary Chair of this year’s gala on April 27 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

COVETED COUTURE GALA & AFTER PARTY: Presented by Wells Fargo Private Bank on April 27, this signature spring fundraiser for the Mint Museum has become one of the must-attend galas of the year. More than 400 of Charlotte’s top civic leaders, museum patrons and chic supporters will attend the black-tie dinner and dance that celebrates the closing of the African Print Now! exhibition. Ashley and Scott Mattei are Gala Chairs. Former editor at large of Vogue Andre Leon Talley is the gala’s Honorary Chair. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.; tickets start at $650. Even if you can’t attend the gala, tickets are available for the After Party from 9:30 p.m. to midnight with an open bar, late-night bites and sweet treats from La-Tea-Da’s Catering and dancing to the band Groove Nation and DJ DOMii. Attire ranges from cocktail to black tie and tickets cost $100 (gala attendees get in free). Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. mint museum.org.

Museums

Afcrican-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style  is on view through April 28 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

Afcrican-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style is on view through April 28 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

MINT MUSEUM RANDOLPH: Afcrican-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style is on view through April 28. Sculptor Thomas Sayre gives a free talk about his exhibit Somewhere Between Earth and Sky at 6 p.m. April 24. 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free for museum members; $15 for adults; $10 for college students and ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-17; free for 4 and younger. 704-337-2000; mint museum.org.

MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN: 500 S. Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 S. Tryon St. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free for museum members; $15 for adults; $10 for college students and ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-17; free for 4 and younger. 704-337-2000; mint museum.org.

Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: .1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

MARCH EVENTS

Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President and System Chief of Staff for Atrium Health, will receive the Charlotte Businesswoman of the Year Award on March 7 at Queens University of Charlotte.

Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President and System Chief of Staff for Atrium Health, will receive the Charlotte Businesswoman of the Year Award on March 7 at Queens University of Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President and System Chief of Staff for Atrium Health, will be honored for being a leading female executive who has made significant contributions to the business community. Featured speaker is Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, a $2 billion not-for-profit, integrated health care system headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. 11:30 a.m. March 7 in Morrison Hall on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The lunch and program are from noon to 1:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $90. Registration: www.queens.edu.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & CHARLOTTE GOES GREEN FESTIVAL: Thousands of spectators will line the streets during this 23rd annual parade on March 16 uptown. It starts at 11 a.m. at North Tryon and 9th streets, then marches south to 3rd Street where it takes a left and ends at Caldwell Street. It featured floats, pipe bands, drill teams and more. The Grand Marshal is Peter Byrne, president of the nonprofit Charlotte Irish Connection. It’s followed by a family-friendly festival with Irish music, dancers and food plus Celtic vendors. Free. Details: charlottestpatsday.com. 

Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: .1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Riley and Olivia are two of the pet-testants taking part in So You Think You Can Bark, a Feb. 1 fundraiser for the nonprofit Stand For Animals.

Riley and Olivia are two of the pet-testants taking part in So You Think You Can Bark, a Feb. 1 fundraiser for the nonprofit Stand For Animals.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN BARK: A one-of-a-kind evening of dog entertainment. Eight pet-testants are teaming up with dog trainers to learn a cool trick that'll be performed live on stage. Proceeds benefit Stand for Animals’ Medical Support Fund, which directly assists a dog or cat in need of medical care and free spay neuter services. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon Street. $60. standforanimals.org.

INNOVATIVE WORKS: The literature of William Shakespeare meets modern ballet in this collaboration between UNC Charlotte and Charlotte Ballet. Choreographer Stephanie Martinez and playwright Dr. Lynne Conner explore Shakespeare’s leading female characters in this new work. Through Feb. 16. charlotteballet.org.

WHAT ARE YOU CARRYING? HANDBAG AUCTION: A fun evening of education, awareness, hope and handbags to support the therapeutic programs of HopeWay., a nonprofit residential mental health facility. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Quail Hollow Club. $45, Details.

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: .1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

DECEMBER EVENTS

Guests at last year's Jazzy Holiday Gala. The fundraiser for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is Dec. 2. 

Guests at last year's Jazzy Holiday Gala. The fundraiser for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is Dec. 2. 

Jazzy Holiday Gala: This year's gala fundraiser for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture celebrates the style and aesthetic known as Black Cool. The evening features a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and an awards ceremony. This year's Spirit of the Center honorees include civil-rights law firm Ferguson Chambers & Sumter; artist Charles Farrar;  and architect Phil Freelon. 6 p.m. Dec. 2. Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center. Tickets are $250. www.ganttcenter.org.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs  Magic of Christmas  Dec. 2-3 at Belk Theater. 

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs Magic of Christmas Dec. 2-3 at Belk Theater. 

Magic Of Christmas: Albert-George Schram conducts the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for this holiday performance for the whole family. There's also music from Mark O'Connor and O'Connor Band, the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and the Charlotte Children's Choir. Plus a sing-along of festive favorites and a visit from Santa. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Belk Theater uptown. Tickets start at $19. www.charlottesymphony.org.

The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree is Dec. 9-10 at Knight Theater. 

The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree is Dec. 9-10 at Knight Theater. 

The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree: A Charlotte holiday tradition featuring the Carolina Voices MainStage Choir in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree performing favorite Christmas songs. They'll be joined by guest artists Caroline Keller, Grey Seal Puppets, Miller Street Dance Academy, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Choir and Torrance Creek Elementary Choir. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. $25-$40. A special hour-long version of the show for children is at 11 a.m. Dec. 9; tickets are $14-$20. www.carolinavoices.org.

Meet acclaimed artist Hunt Slonem from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at The New Gallery of Modern Art during a book signing for  Aviary .

Meet acclaimed artist Hunt Slonem from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at The New Gallery of Modern Art during a book signing for Aviary.

Birds By Hunt Slonem Book Signing: A reception and book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 with renowned artist Hunt Slonem for his hardcover book featuring gorgeous photos of his sought-after paintings of birds. It's in conjunction with his exhibit Aviary, on view through January 3. The New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon Street. www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Alejandro Cartagena's  Carpoolers IV, 2011-2012,  is on view Dec. 8-Jan. 19 at SOCO Gallery. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. 

Alejandro Cartagena's Carpoolers IV, 2011-2012, is on view Dec. 8-Jan. 19 at SOCO Gallery. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. 

Opening Reception For Alejandro Cartagena: Home: Contemporary Mexican photography by Alejandro Cartagena from his Carpoolers and Mexicana Suburbia series. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. The exhibit is on view through January 19. www.soco-gallery.com. 

SWAN LAKE , THE MOST-LOVED CLASSIC BALLET, WILL BE PERFORMED BY RUSSIAN BALLET DANCERS ON DEC. 21 AT KNIGHT THEATER.

SWAN LAKE, THE MOST-LOVED CLASSIC BALLET, WILL BE PERFORMED BY RUSSIAN BALLET DANCERS ON DEC. 21 AT KNIGHT THEATER.

Swan Lake: Stars from Russia's State Ballet Theatre perform the classic ballet. 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Knight Theater. $35-$55. www.blumenthalarts.org.